An historical sketch of Hellenistic astrology, emphasizing that it was developed as a theoretical construct from an underlying cosmological model. An argument that many astrological concepts were subsequently altered through mistranslation and misinterpretation of the original Hellenistic tradition, exemplified by contrasting Hellenistic and modern treatments of houses, signs, planets, aspects,transits, and other timing procedures. An account of how certain modern innovations, such as the study of midpoints and planetary pictures, could be grounded in the Hellenistic framework, while others could not. Some speculations concerning how the outer planets could be integrated into the Hellenistic framework. An exhortation to the study of Hellenistic astrology.
Updates and emendations of earlier Project Hindsight findings. Analysis and classification of natal factors. Universal Techniques of the Hermetic Tradition. The Topical Approach. Time-Lords. General principles of Hellenistic delineation. The transition to Medieval astrology. The original definition of the Void of Course Moon. Determination of the ruler of the nativity. Traces of progressions and their original context. Specification of Time-Lord procedures to the natal chart. Lost lore and secret keys.
Natal factors that modify planets according to strength, quality, benefic/malefic nature, masculine/feminine nature, and general timing factors. Planetary combinations of universal applicability: aspects and co-presences, planets in the domiciles or bounds of other planets. The ruler of the nativity and its modifications by aspect configurations; timing according to planetary periods. The three trigon rulers of the light of the sect; timing according to ascentional times and planetary periods. The rising decanate and its planetary face; climacteric times. Planets and their domicile rulers in houses. Applications and separations of the Moon and attendant lunar phenomena; timing according to ranges of application or separation. The seven Hermetic lots; timing according to transits and directions. Twelfth-Parts (12th harmonics); timing according to transits and directions.
Difference between general and specific significators and dispositors. An exposition of the 12 topical places ("houses") as an articulation of the Fate concept. The "characters" of the signs and their function as "binding spells". Lots as analogical concepts. Planets as modes of receptivity in the cosmic soul. General significators with most qualified dispositor (Ptolemy). General significators specified by delegated dispositors, associated significators, or derivative houses (Ptolemy). General significators with specific dispositor (Rhetorius). Specific significators with the most general dispositor, the trigon lord (Dorotheus). Specific significators - houses, lots, and planets - with the specific dispositor, the domicile lord (Dorotheus, Valens, et.al.). Plus several digressions and asides concerning the spatiality of topical concepts, the theoretical problem of the division of life into topics, and the Medieval treatment of topics.
An overview of the different means of establishing the order of time-lords and assigning times to them. The difference between general and topically specific procedures. Time-lord terminology. The problem of 360 day vs. 365 1/4 day years. The meaning of astrological "motion". Decennials. Quarters of minor periods. Minor periods adjusted according to exaltation degree. Zodiacal releasing. Ruler of the year, month, day. Lunar monomoiria. Bound lord of the directed degree. Directed encounter with planets or rays. Profections from planets, lots, and angles. Ecliptic intervals between planets in therms of minor periods. Planetary days and hours. Planetary periods of angular planets or ascentional times of angles. A systematic classification of the twelve time-lord procedures into ideal, universal, topically specific, and direct divisions of the year. Plus numerous digressions and asides concerning the role of transits and solar returns in the context of time-lords, suites and hierarchies of time-lords, spatiality and temporality in the cosmic soul, and the theoretical problem of the division of life into seasons.
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Hellenistic astrology as a theoretical construct. The original Hellenistic
planetary glyphs and the various modes by which they symbolize planets.
The esoteric interpretation of the seven Hermetic lots. The esoteric interpretation
of the twelfth-parts. Integrating the outer planets into the Hellenistic
framework. Grammatical and logical interpretation of the three grand approaches.
The legal paradigm as a means of understanding the concepts of the topical
approach and time-lords, and the perspective of the cosmic consciousness.
The Egyptian Decans as a self-contained predictive system. The later integration
of the decans into the Hellenistic framework. The syncratic approach as
a means of providing more detail for the topical approach, and the grammatical
interpretation of the ruler of the ruler, aspects, and planets on angles.
The concepts of benefic/malefic modification worked into the legal paradigm.
Fundamental meanings of the eight general or universal significating points
in the chart. General meaning of aspects to these significators. Delineation
of different planets when they are dispositors to the general significators.
Mitigation of aversion, aspects to dispositors, and climacteric times in
the context of the general significators.
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